David Southwick recently hosted the finish of the Future2 Wheel Classic, Sydney to Melbourne charity bike ride event, at the Victorian Parliament House. The annual event not only promotes a healthy lifestyle and participation in physical activity, but also this year raised over $100,000, through sponsorship, donations and fundraising events, to help disadvantaged young Australians.
Future2 is a channel for the financial planning profession to help those in need. Future2 identifies community programs worthy of support and provides regular grants to worthwhile causes. This is enabled through the hosting of regular fundraising events, talking with clients about philanthropic giving, and setting up a workplace giving program for employees.
Future2 Wheel Classic is a 1200 kilometre, nine-day cycle ride that is Future2’s flagship fundraising event of the year. The objective of the ride is to create local, state-wide and national awareness of the great work that many financial planners do in their communities, giving practical help for the financially and socially disadvantaged.
In 2012 38 cyclists cycled, including 18 for the whole route. Starting from the AMP forecourt at Circular Quay at 7.30am Saturday 15 September, cyclists make their way to Bundanoon, Canberra, over the mountains at Jindabyne, and on to Shepparton, Bendigo and Castlemaine, arriving in Melbourne at Parliament House on Sunday 23 September at 3pm.
David spoke briefly at the event about the importance of both living a healthy lifestyle and giving back to the community through charitable causes.